After a few weeks of carrying around a purse that was getting heavier by the minute, I realized that it was time to make a change! While carrying around a different bag for a few days with just the essentials was a great short-term solution, I knew I couldn’t avoid a serious clean-out forever.
While I was home sick the weekend before last, operation clean-out officially commenced!
Here’s a ‘before’ shot of everything I’d been lugging around (wallet, cosmetic bag, random papers, and receipts not pictured):
almonds, larabars, tampons, assorted buttons, deodorant, hair clips, assorted lipgloss and lipstick (six total… not excessive at all…), etienne aigner leather gloves, cynthia rowley reading glasses, two notebooks, a sticker from our trip to bend, oregon in 2008 (!), eleventy-billion (approximately) pens, my work nametag and j.crew business cards, assorted business cards i’ve collected, bobby pins (straight and swirled), dayquil, hair ties (black along with clear plastic ones that work well but look like nuva rings), 65 cents
I spent some time organizing, paring down, throwing out, and returning things to their rightful places in our house, here’s what we’re working with now:
cosmetic bag (filled with lipgloss, tampons, benadryl, my epipen, hair ties, bobby pins, etc.), almonds, pens (to return to the office), cynthia rowley reading glasses, orla kiely notebook, my very favorite pen (bic fine-tip 730r, in case you were wondering), chapstick (that lives in an outer pocket for easy access), work-related swag, and my kate spade wallet
And last but not least, the bag I’m carrying around these days:
elliott lucca tote (a gift from Kate for my grad school graduation)
In the week-plus I’ve been carrying this around, my shoulder and back have felt much, much better and I’ve actually been able to find things in there without mega frustration. Score!